Archiprix Workshop: WHAT IF… Desacralizing Moscow’s Urban Planning’s Holy Cows

Garage Center for Contemporary Culture

Цith the support of Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Strelka Institute organized a workshop for the winners of Archiprix International – one of the most popular international competitions among young architects.

We aimed to see how we can debunk Russian stereotypes of urban planning. Participants studied planning norms and how urban spaces could be changed if these rules never existed. Under the supervision of architects and urban planners the participants looked into such issues as green zones and school yards, railway stations and their environs, restricted military and secret service zones, standardization of construction norms and personal space in an urban environment.

Invited experts include MARCH Architecture School lecturer and urban planner Nadezhda Nilina, OMA architect Janna Bystrykh, BuroMOSCOW founders Olga Aleksakova and Julia Burdova, Graduate School of Urban Studies and Planning lecturer Sofia Gavrilova, Strelka’s head of Competitions Denis Leontiev, and the architect, critic and MARCH Architecture School lecturer Kiril Ass, among others.

Biennially Archiprix International chooses the best graduation projects from Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture schools around the globe. Each time competitors and judges gather in a new city – award ceremonies have already taken place in Rotterdam, Istanbul, Glasgow, Shanghai, Montevideo and Cambridge. In 2013 Moscow hosted the competition.

This year’s event is supported by Strelka, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, the Moscow Architecture Institute and the Central House of Artists.

The main workshop took place at the Garage education center between May 16 and May 23. The results were announced on May 23 in Strelka’s courtyard. Participants’ presentations and this year’s winning projects were shown at the Arch Moscow 2013 exhibit at the Central House of Artists on Krymskiy Val.